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Jul 19, 2006

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Considering sunset commissions

Jul 19, 2006
House lawmakers today consider a proposal to create independent commissions to review spending programs for waste and possible termination. John Dimsdale reports.

Inflation rears its ugly head

Jul 19, 2006
Earlier this year, inflation seemed mostly limited to the gas pump, but now higher prices are showing up elsewhere. The core consumer price index and core inflation rate are on the rise.

Identity theft rules

Jul 19, 2006
Federal regulators are proposing new rules that require banks to draft plans to prevent identity theft. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

Back-to-school costs

Jul 19, 2006
A new survey finds that American families will be spending more on back-to-school items than ever. Jane Lindholm reports.

BP shuts down more Alaskan oil wells

Jul 19, 2006
British oil giant BP appears to have sprung a leak in more ways than one. The company is shutting down even more wells in Alaska after whistleblowers contacted the Financial Times. Stephen Beard reports.

Corona's new distribution deal

Jul 19, 2006
Corona is America's No. 1 imported beer. Tuesday its brewer announced a shakeup in how it's distributed in the US. Franc Contreras reports from Mexico City.

Rosneft IPO a shield for state-sponsored theft?

Jul 19, 2006
Russia's state-owned oil company Rosneft went public today, offering shares on the London Stock Exchange. Stephen Beard reports the move highlights Russia's new brand of "state capitalism."

Government workers abused Smart Pay

Jul 19, 2006
It wasn't just everyday citizens taking advantage of disaster relief chaos in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Now auditors report tales of wasteful spending by Homeland Security workers. Scott Tong reports.

Allergy-friendly hotel rooms

Jul 19, 2006
Some hoteliers are experimenting with hypoallergenic rooms for sensitive guests. Janet Babin reports.

Trademark pirates in China

Jul 19, 2006
Chinese squatters have been registering trademarks of high-profile Western companies, hoping they'll pay ransom to retrieve their logo rights in China. Jocelyn Ford reports, they don't always know who they're targeting.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC